First Time PAtient

Welcome from Dr. Erika Whitehouse

Dr. Whitehouse and Dr. Kilkelly outside the Derby Dental office building

We are excited for you to become a patient!

Your first visit with us is one of the most important ones.  We take the time to get to know you and your needs better. 

We discuss and plan for any concerns or pain you may have, establish a foundation to build from, discover what is really going on in your mouth, and what brought you in to see us.

At Derby Dental we make sure to get all the information we need from you in order to create a comprehensive dental plan that is specific to your individual needs.  

This is why we ask you to please expect that your first visit with us will be longer than your future visits. 

Thank you so much for considering Derby Dental and we hope to see you in our office soon. 

Erika Whitehouse Signature

what to expect on your first visit

Our 3-Step Process

Fill Out Forms

Please fill out and submit your forms online. If you prefer to not fill out online, we ask that you arrive to your appointment at least 15 minutes prior to fill out necessary paperwork. This ensures that you are seen at your scheduled appointment time

Come Into the Office

Dr. Whitehouse will review your dental history and discuss your primary goals, and then perform a thorough examination. This will include all of the following (see below)

Book a Follow-Up

After your first dental visit is complete, we will discuss an appropriate examination and hygiene appointment schedule, and book additional visits.

What to expect

Your first one hour appointment with Dr. Whitehouse:

  • Discussing with you your concerns, needs, and desires
  • Full review of your dental and medical history
  • Digital x-rays (full set of 18 individual teeth X-rays, a panoramic image of full jaws) and photographs of the teeth.
    Please send any previous X-rays to
  • Evaluation of the gum and bone health
  • Tooth-by-tooth exam
  • Oral cancer screening exam
  • TMJ/headache evaluation
  • Cosmetic/Orthodontic consultation (if desired)

Book An Appointment Today

Our Practice

See how we strive to provide the best dental care for all


Commonly Answered Questions

We like to get to know you and what your needs are first. After we get all the information we need at the first visit, we are able to make a cleaning appointment for you based on your individual needs.

We have a lot of patients that use their dental insurance to help pay for their dental care. We are an in-network provider for several of the nation’s leading providers.

If you have the freedom to chose your dental provider, we are happy to help you utilize your benefits and file on your behalf.

{can be a pain} Any open spot in the 3 lots surrounding the building or in the parking garage 4th and 5th floors not marked with a “reserved” sign.

Yes! We like to see the whole family, even the growing smiles 🙂

Yes! Please do not hesitate to contact us right away if you are experiencing a dental emergency. If you are unable to reach us during regular business hours, we have an after-hours line to manage true dental emergencies.

Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is one of the most common diseases that affect US adults.

It is an aggressive irreversible disease that can lead to not only tooth and bone loss, but is connected to an increased risk for diabetes, stroke, heart disease, and other systemic health conditions.

You may see things like bleeding in your gums when brushing or flossing, pain or tenderness in the gums, severe gum recession, bad taste or smell in the mouth, and loose teeth. We screen for gum disease at your first visit.

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